Rio Ferdinand looks set to play no part in Manchester United’s opening Premier League fixture tonight against Everton due to an injury sustained in training over the weekend. Rumours were rife that the veteran defender had picked up a knock but nothing had been confirmed by club or player.
This morning, Ferdinand took to Twitter to vent his frustration and it looks like he we will have to do without another of our centre backs. The likely replacement, unfortunately, will be Michael Carrick which leaves both our midfield and our defence stretched. With Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones already injured, we are scraping the barrel for centre backs. I would rather see Scott Wootton line up alongside Nemanja Vidic after an impressive pre-season as it would allow Michael Carrick to maintain his role in the midfield.
At Old Trafford last season, United’s midfield found it difficult to contain Pienaar and Fellaini and if Carrick is forced back in as defensive cover, we may well find ourselves in a deja vu position tonight. We may well have strengthened our attack superbly in the transfer window but the depth of our midfield and defence is already being stretched and the season hasn’t even kicked off yet.